Documents Required for Operation
The Small Boat Safety Board has identified several administrative documents that must be carried on board, or filed ashore prior to getting underway. This page gives a brief overview of the primary documents. A full listing of required documents can be found in Chapter 6 of the Small Boat Standards & Procedure Manual.
- : Each small boat must carry onboard a copy of the Small Boat Standards & Procedures Manual.
- Small Boat Operations Manual (SBOM): Each small boat must carry onboard a boat-specific Operations Manual
A Green-Amber-Red form must be filled out prior to getting underway, and must be filed with the appropriate authority on shore.
- Float Plan: A float plan must be filled out prior to getting underway, and must be filed with the appropriate authority on shore. The following are examples of float plans:
- Small Boat Log: Each small boat must use a logbook to record pertinent information. The following is an example template:
- Small Boat Stability Log: Each small boat must use a stability log to track hull modifications and significant weight additions or deletions. The following is an example template:
- Small Boat Rigging Log: Each small boat must maintain a record of rigging components and their rated limitations. The following is an example log:
Placards Required for Operation
- All motorized small boats must have a sign or placard, prohibiting the discharge of oil or oily waste per 33 CFR 155.450). These signs can be purcahsed at most marine supply stores.
- All motorized small boats must have a sign or placard, listing regulations for discharging garbage per Annex V of MARPOL. These signs can be purcahsed at most marine supply stores, US Power Squadron, and Boat US.
Minimum Carriage Requirements for First Aid Kits
All small boats must carry first aid kits. The kits must take into account the boat's intended operations, and the number of people carried aboard. The following are suggested inventories, based on class of boat
Safety Orientation Checklist
- The use of a formal, written checklist detailing all of the topics to be covered during each safety briefing is strongly encouraged.
Health Questionnaire for Personnel
All personnel working aboard a small boat are encouraged to fill out a Health Questionnair. Though participation is voluntary, critital health information can be essential when a crewmember is incapaciated.